• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Versailles resident invited to inaugural equine event

Versailles resident Bri Mott has been invited to participate in the inaugural Real Rider Cup in Pennsylvania in September as part of the Plantation Field Horse Trials, which is a three-star event. The Real Rider Cup will take place on the last day of the event and will be the precursor to the championship show jumping. "The event puts a spotlight on off the track Thoroughbreds and shows that they can have a second career after racing," said Mott. "Each team consists of a trainer, a veterinarian, a jockey and an owner. I will represent the owner side for Team Valor, who is my employer, and I will wear their silks." Mott's horse "Red," as she calls him, was originally named "Make it Special" and was sired by Grand Slam. "I was contacted by Dr. Richard Holder one day, and he said he had a horse, it was a special horse, and he wanted me to keep my eye on him," said Mott. "I hot-walked him as a two-year-old. He's a quirky and fun horse. He has plenty of personality." Mott purchased Red for $500 after a claiming race and had him shipped to Lexington. "I didn't know why I did it. I just knew he was special, and I've never regretted it," said Mott. Mott grew up with a love for horses in Upstate New York. She spent countless hours staring at picture books of horses and reading horse encyclopedias. "We just didn't have the resources for riding growing up, so when I was in eighth grade, I contacted a ranch and asked if I worked for them in trade for riding horses," said Mott. "I was just so passionate about it and wanted to ride that I was willing to do these odd jobs to make it work." Bri and Red have been together since 2012 and hope to continue having opportunities like this in the future.

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